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Monday, October 24, 2016

Thoughts On . . . Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
by Christine Baldacchino

Illustrated by: Isabelle Malenfant
Published by: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
Published: May 2014 
ISBN #9781554983476
genre: children's book (Social Situations, Self-Esteem, Friendships)
32 pages

formats available: ebook, hardcover

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Book Description:
Morris has a great imagination. He paints amazing pictures and he loves his classroom's dress-up center, especially the tangerine dress. It reminds him of tigers, the sun and his mother's hair.

But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.

One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.

With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

My Thoughts:
I have no problem with Morris wearing a dress. There is a problem with the kids teasing him and not letting him play on/with the "boy" stuff while wearing the dress. But you know what? I have a problem with Morris HOGGING the dress. First come, first served, is all well and good but Morris doesn't let anyone wear the dress.

So while we're teaching our children that bullying is wrong, let's also teach them that we need to share.

The book ends well, Kirkus Review said, "Baldacchino treats the tricky and controversial subject of expected gender behaviors and bullying with care and compassion, employing language and tone that avoid histrionics or preaching."

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shelf-ies, Quotes and Cozy Mysteries

Happy Saturday! 

I was excited to see a Cozy Mystery Saturday but her site isn't active. I still love the idea so I'll be telling you about a cozy on my shelf.

The Shelf-ies idea came from Kimberlyfaye Reads. I'll spotlight one book from my TBR pile.

Quotes should be self-explanatory. If I find a good one, it will get posted. It used to be Quote it Sat at Freda's Voice but I didn't find recent ones so I don't know if she's still doing it.

No quote today

~ Cozy ~ This one is a new purchase
A Peach of a Murder by Livia J. Washburn (blog)
A Fresh Baked Mystery

All year round, retired schoolteacher Phyllis Newsom is as sweet as peach pie-except during the Peach Festival, whose blue ribbon has slipped through Phyllis's fingers more than once...

Everyone's a little shook up when the corpse of a no-good local turns up underneath a car in a local garage. But even as Phyllis engages in some amateur sleuthing, she won't let it distract her from out-baking her rivals and winning the upcoming Peach Festival contest.

She and all the other contestants guard their secret, original recipes with their lives-and talk a whole lot of trash. With her unusual Spicy Peach Cobbler, Phyllis hopes to knock 'em dead. But that's just an expression-never in her wildest dreams did she think her cobbler would actually kill a judge. Now, she's suspected of murder-and she's got to bake this case wide open.

~ Shelf-ies ~ a Feb 2016 purchase
The Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
romantic suspense, 2016, mass market paperback

An art dealer and owner of her own design studio, Perfect Touch, Sara Medina travels the world to find the ideal artwork for her clients. Her sophisticated, comfortable life in San Francisco is light years away from the poverty of her family’s dairy farm, and Sara will do whatever it takes to keep her business strong. A dedicated urban career woman focused on her work, she doesn’t have time or energy for a family or distracting romantic entanglements.

Jay Vermilion recently inherited his family’s ranch near Wyoming’s breathtaking Grand Teton Mountains—and the estates of the rich and restless. While he was fighting in two wars, his father tried to keep the homestead running, until illness stole his fight and then his life. Jay is determined to restore Vermilion Sky, but first he’s got to settle a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. The last thing on his mind is finding a wife and creating a seventh generation of Vermilions.

When Jay hires Sara to handle his father’s artwork, it’s love at first sight—a mutually inconvenient attraction that is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a potential betrayal even closer to home. Working together to unmask a murderer, Sara and Jay try to fight the intense heat between them. Then the killer targets Sara. And suddenly Jay, the war-weary soldier, finds something he’s once again willing to die for…

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